September 17th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Prominent Clinton backer and Dem donor to endorse McCain

 Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a strong supporter of Clinton's White House bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

The announcement will take place at a news conference on Capitol Hill, just blocks away from the DNC headquarters. Forester will “campaign and help him through the election,” the spokesman said of her plans to help the Republican presidential nominee.

Forester was a major donor for Clinton earning her the title as a Hillraiser for helping to raise at least $100,000 for the New York Democratic senator’s failed presidential bid.

In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Forester is a member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
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  1. hgmma

    She is married to "international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild" and she is calling Obma elitist????? Oh that's rich, lieterally! Someone may want to inform Ms. Forester de Rothschild that Obam is not going to shine her shoes as I am sure that is the extent of her contact with African Americcans. Oh and is former DNC memeber, the gop can have her.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. marie from canada

    Ok, so tell me again why not supporting a particular candidate or "not liking him" is racist? I think those comments are racist. Don't see anyone here crying sexist as they skewer Sarah Palin... And CNN nice job of ending this story with Forester's life abroad, companies, marriage affiliation etc.

    Got an agenda here, eh? Kinda like your ticker on McCain and Palin not being ready to be CEOs and shamefully editing the original quote and cutting out words? Kinda like the appalling hatchet job you did on Hillary? CNN isa joke... why don't you all quit and get a job with the Obama campaign... it would be far more honest, really...

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Daki

    A millionaire CEO and her rich husband who is a banker and has a home in London and America calls Obama an elitist.This woman is just a racist hypocrit trying to justify her racist decision.I would have rather her say she is just mad because Hillary lost.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Debby

    To use Obama's words "Thats Cool" maybe Hillary will be on the bandwagon next since she said in the debates Obama's economic plan won't work and make us worse off then we are now.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. Jinny Lee

    Nothing but a republican mole that infiltrated the democrat party.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. mr g

    TO ALL YOU MCCAIN/PALIN SUPPORTERS,stop your bit*hing and realize that the dream of Dr.MLK is about to come true.We finally will have a good chance of really being the UNITED STATES of AMERICA,ONE NATION UNDER GOD.Do not hate celebrate the beginning of a new era and let us work together both black/white christian/ jew/muslim/southern baptist whatever your faith.This election is not just for us but for the future generations of our children.Think about it a cleaner, safer,kinder,more peaceful world.Do not vote based on color or gender vote your mind and look toward the future of the USA as we know it. God Bless America and ALL her people.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. ueheinz

    “I feel like he is an elitist". And this is coming from one of the most privileged member of the elite society?
    At least have the gut to admit you are a racist.
    The elite society days are numbered. Tick tock tick tock...

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Happy in Oregon

    If she wants to stuff her vote she shouldn't vote anyway. Maybe her ballot will get lost somewhere over the ocean between New York and London. Voting for McCain – her judgement is apprarently lacking! She can stay in London for all we care.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. i am not dumb...nor a whiner

    Even hillary dont have any respect for you....whatever...you just terminated your political career...

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Scott

    Mrs. Lives in London and the USA multi-millionaire is calling a man who grew up without a father and shunned a NYC job to work in poor communities an elitist? Has the world gone completely mad?!

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. MarcusMoss

    Sure she is backing McCain she is a Rothschild and she knows that she is worth well over 50 million easy...so whjy not jump ship and blame her untrust of someone instead of showing any allegiance to the party...join Liberman with a cocktail

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. Suspicious

    Even her photo is elitest. I think her real reason is racism. People like her think people of color should be waiting on them. Pitiful excuse for a "Democrat"

    WE DON'T NEED YOU... and the rest of the bitter, petulant idiot PUMAs. You can all live in shame for deserting your party for that moron McCain and his trophy VP.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Ron

    Why was she backing Clinton? Not because of her views. Because if she was then she must admit that McCain and Clinton were on two opposite ends of the spectrum. So, it's fine if she doesn't stand for anything and was voting for Clinton because of popularity or friendship. Obama doesn't expect everyone of Clintons supporters to back him.

    September 17, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Karen

    Ugh. It only occurred to me that it's historic that a person with dark skin is being nominated to lead us, never once in my mind that people would turn away, in this day and age, from their party because of it. Scary ignorance.

    An Obama President, Biden VP, A congress that isn't hog-tied and Hillary as Secretary of State. Almost there friends!

    Keep your eye on the prize!

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. SwayingVoter

    To little to late... There is satisfaction in knowing that Mrs. Forester candidate lost! Now she has to settle...

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Mike

    Maybe she is for the person that will do the best job. Maybe it's just that simple...

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Karen

    Why is it that a black man with an education has to be categorized as an elitist. In the eyes of white people, are black people not allowed to succeed or should it be at the beat to a an all white drum. She should just admit she does not like him because he is black and she does not trust black people. It it is time for everyone to just be real about it.

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Convicted felon who can't vote

    She's a racist!

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Asheville Mama

    Has anyone elected this woman as an official, no! So why do we care what she's doing....she doesn't like the elitist cause she's one of the elitist that makes over 250,000 a year and doesn't want her jetset greed to be curbed by a real person........I am so sick of the hypocricy in this election.....just remeber they make up less than 1% of the population that makes us 360,000,000 strong. Your voice only matters if you use it!

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. icharliem

    what a crock that such people ... a Rothschild no less ... would continue to try to label Obama an elitist ... do any of them read or think? ... please let them show us where his silver spoon is ... I bet Ms. Lynn Forester de Rothschild's silver spoon is imbedded where the sun doesn't shine ... personally, I'm glad that the likes of such people are not in the Obama camp ...

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Bill NY

    Can I shine your shoes Ms. de Rothschild? Toilet bowl need cleaning? Don't you worry Ms. de Rothschild that uppity negro will never win.

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. Brooke

    Nice pearls. They're so... humble.

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  23. FL 4 Obama

    *****NEWS FLASH FOR FORMER CLINTON SUPPORTERS/MC SAME SUPPORTERS****There is a silent majority of Obama supporters including myself who LOATH Hillary. Granted unlike you idiots, we would have held our noses and voted for her, "that's what a REAL Democrat would do". However, if Obama does not win, we know who to blame, and we WILL NOT support a Clinton 2012 ticket. Clinton will always be known as THE SPOILER, and we will all make sure her career as a politician is over!
    P.S. If McSame/Cooocky Wacko pull this off my greatest joy as a male will be watching a women's right to choose taken away, that is the ultimate revenge for you arrogant Hillary Feminists!

    September 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Lori Adams Simon

    Mrs. Lynn Forester de Rothschild states that “I feel like he (Obama) is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”
    Has McCain and Palin given you a reason to trust them? Who is more elitist than MCCain and Rothschild? Let's call this BS what it really is. The racist elite in this country would be happier with the possibility of an unqualified, barely graduated from community college trailer trash redneck woman running this country than a Harvard educated black man. Wake up! Madame, you have betrayed the Democratic party!

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. elizabeth Spragins

    Any distaste of Obama should be weighed against absolute fear that a lightweight ninny like Palin could be one heartbeat away from the Presidency.
    PLEASE think about this – leave past hurts in the past. Think of this country in the hands of Sarah Palin.
    Elizabeth Spragins

    September 17, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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